WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is suggesting he may cancel his planned sit-down this weekend with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships Sunday.
In an interview with The Washington Post Tuesday, Trump says he will be receiving a “full report” from his national security team. He adds: “That will be very determinative,” Trump said. “Maybe I won’t have the meeting. Maybe I won’t even have the meeting.”
Trump says: “I don’t like that aggression. I don’t want that aggression at all.”
The comments were Trump’s strongest to date in condemnation of Russia’s recent actions in Eastern Ukraine, where tensions are flaring. On Monday, Trump did not explicitly criticize Russia’s behavior, leaving it to U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to speak out against Russia’s aggression.